Learn about UMass Lowell alumni and the interesting and exciting work they're doing after earning their degrees.
How many people can say they’ve worked with Madonna and the Rolling Stones? UMass Lowell alumnus Adam Ayan can.
Adam Norton’s experience at the UMass Lowell robotics lab and Revolving Museum allowed him to work with iRobot on educational school visits to get the next generation hooked on robotics.
For plastics engineering major Alexander Rick, a co-op position at Burton Snowboards was a dream job, a perfect alignment of his personal passion and professional goals.
Transfer student Amanda Murray started in UMass Lowell's clinical laboratory sciences, moving to community health, where faculty helped guide her and provide internship opportunities in her area of interest: occupational and environmental health.
Andrew Ambrosino is helping to expand the Commonwealth Honors Program at school and to solve problems with his computer science studies.
Andrew Farkas, chief operating officer at Boston MedFlight, returned to college after 35 years to complete his M.S. in health informatics, with a specialization in management.
Angela King Lines is already on the front lines of fighting crime as a manager at Walmart. She says her degree in criminal justice helped prepare her for her next fight: reducing the backlog of DNA tests in rape and murder cases.
Through hard work and determination, Angelica Lord became the first in her family to earn a college degree.
Bob Manseau was named Principal of the Year for his work in New Hampshire, but its his education from UMass Lowell that made the difference for him.
After spending her freshman year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Forslind transferred to UMass Lowell, where the biology program was a better fit for her.
Carly Tiches's desire to help and care for others began when she started coaching children in gymnastics. She realized that she enjoyed giving first aid and caring for injuries. Now she is turning that passion into a career.
Cassie Harding’s internship experiences as a public health student inspired her to tackle the big health and wellness challenges facing people in the cities and towns around her.
Transferring from BU into UML's biology program set Cathleen Huang on course for medical school.
The founders of what has become a multimillion dollar premium, all-natural cookie dough and ice cream sandwich company hold degrees in engineering.
UMass Lowell has always been part of Claire Hall’s life. Now, three decades after starting her degree in American studies, Hall can call herself a UML graduate.
Captain in the Turkish military. Former world champion in the 1,500 meters. Passionate promoter of cross-cultural student exchanges. There’s a lot you wouldn’t guess about graduate student Burhan Colak if you walked past him on South Campus.
Daniel Barros thought the law might be a good way to help people. His classes in legal studies confirmed it.
When it comes to education, David Laurello values lessons that translate to life on the job.
David Moloney chose UMass Lowell so he could study creative writing with award-winning novelist and short story writer Andre Dubus III. Now Moloney teaches writing on campus and is finding prestigious outlets for his own work.
Three decades after earning his mechanical engineering degree, Wittmann Battenfeld President David Preusse is helping the university develop the next generation of innovative, highly skilled engineers.
Dean Kennedy always dreamed of a career at Disney. The experience he gained and connections he made while earning his bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering helped make that dream come true.
Criminal justice and psychology graduate Deborah Friedl is the first female interim superintendent of the Lowell Police Department.
Deborah Paul transferred from Eastern Nazarene College and quickly decided on UMass Lowell when she came to visit campus. She discovered the sense of community and the university's rich diversity.
Deepak Bhimani's love of chemistry led him to pursue a degree in chemical textiles at Lowell Textile Institute. His education resulted in the creation of several successful companies, and spurred a desire to give back to the University.
Derek Winslow rediscovered his passion for learning when he transferred from UMass Amherst to UMass Lowell to study history.
Devon White, a recent graduate of the Autism Studies program, is helping to run a new, affordable and comprehensive autism treatment center in Kuwait. She says great faculty mentors and all the research opportunities she got, starting as an undergraduate, prepared her for the post.
Retired MBTA Transit Police Sgt. Dic Donohue finished his master’s degree in 2012. Less than a year later, he was shot during a police firefight with the Boston Marathon bombers. After earning his Ph.D. in criminology, he’s taking a job with the RAND Corp.
Eduardo's passion for math accompanied by UMass Lowell's UTeach program led him to his career of teaching.
A generous alumni donor, and chair to the Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Education, Edward "Ned" Barrett '58 is forever thankful to his late mother for providing him an educational rudder.
Elise Paugh found a study abroad program in Australia that allowed her to complete her required business courses, as well as work remotely for her co-op employer.
Studying abroad in London convinced business student Emoni Baffour ’18 to return to the UK for graduate school and pursue her passion for a career in the fashion industry.
Evan Dingle’s passion for helping people and love of international study led him to a job with a nonprofit in Uganda that serves children with special needs.
Francisco Urena balanced a full-time courseload with his job as Director of Veterans Affairs for the City of Lawrence. Now he works in Boston.
Over the last 15 years, engineering alumnus Frank McKone '56 has created three endowed funds at the University, each of which tops $250,000 in assets.
Gabby Davis is learning to make peace through community building and putting her studies into practice by organizing events for Made in Lowell, a community nonprofit.
Gackson Wheeler found his path to the crossroads of politics and the possibilities the Air Force offered at UMass Lowell, and he calls it one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
Honors history and economics major Gerrit Boldt landed an internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, working with cities to improve conditions for low-income residents. Now he’s back on campus as an AmeriCorps volunteer, helping first-generation college students succeed.
Coming from a family of small business owners, entrepreneurship is Gianni Falzone's blood. To develop on his Bachelor's degree, he is pursuing a Master of Science in Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship.
Gordon Halm '12 learned from an early age that hard work pays off. The Ghana native and father of three earned his Bachelor's in Liberal Arts in 2012 and is pursuing his Master's in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Social entrepreneur Harish Hande is helping the poor in India in an economically and environmentally sustainable way, by bringing affordable solar power to the countryside.
Haylee Dussault was a part of the first class of students in the Master of Public Heath Dietetics program. Shortly after graduation, she passed the registered dietitian exam and landed her dream job.
John Huikku, using his art degree from UMass Lowell, is responsible for some of our most beloved movie characters, including Elsa from "Frozen."
Three bus rides, a different language and a challenging curriculum were not roadblocks for Isaura Jimenez on her path to a nursing degree. She saw them as challenges to be met.
Jack Neary ’73 is a prolific playwright, director and actor with 34 published works to his name.
For Jacob Gomes '13, playing rugby in his sophomore year was the turning point that changed his life.
Janelle Diaz says two things made her undergraduate experience at UMass Lowell really special: residence life and the club she founded, Disable the Label.
Jenn got a fresh perspective on her major and many other things in life during a semester abroad in Barcelona.
Looking back, Jessica Saad doesn’t take for granted how much UMass Lowell —and community health especially— helped prepare her for life outside of college.
Jessica Tawczynski has made painting her life and career with the help of her diverse undergraduate education.
As vice chancellor of finance and operations, Joanne overseas administrative departments such as accounting, facilities, human resources, budgeting, information technology, parking and more – all areas that keep the University humming.
As a member of the 2019 Toronto Raptors' coaching staff, John Corbacio became the first River Hawk to win an NBA title.
Volunteering and community involvement transformed Jose Molina’s life in high school and college. Now he’s using all of his social and social science skills as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica.
Jose Pino earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management, worked as an intern at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union while he was a student and was offered a full-time marketing job when he graduated. He is now the Credit Union’s virtual banking specialist.
Justin Lawler's job as assistant director of campus recreation has him working while others play.
Kacey Hill, a biology major in the Commonwealth Honors Program, spent a summer tracking urban wildlife and studying invasive plant species at the University of Louisville as part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
Karina Cruz appreciates the flexibility, small classes and in-depth administrative skills she’s learning, from how to change public policy to managing a diverse workforce.
Katherine Spagnoli took a roundabout path, beginning at Mount Wachusett Community College, to arrive at UMass Lowell's Plastics Engineering Department - now it feels like home.
Kathleen Curtin was the first student to suggest that the university field a team at a Model United Nations competition. She’s pursued her love of history ever since, first as a food historian at Plimoth Plantation and now as a U.S. history teacher in New Hampshire.
Keith's education in his psychology classes and experiences on the track fulfilled his desire to learn about others and himself.
By balancing her graphic design studies with a four-year field hockey career and a wealth of leadership roles, Kelly Freitas '16 graduated with America East Woman of the Year honors.
Kevin Copson is using his policy and data analysis skills to help local nonprofits while working at a university-based startup.
The accounting education Kevin Davis received at UMass Lowell gave him his foundation to become the controller of the hockey equipment supplier, Bauer Performance Sports
Kimberly Chao transferred to UMass Lowell where she was able to follow her two passions: business and health care
Kristen Racamato forged her path at UMass Lowell, earning a degree in fine arts with a graphic design concentration.
Local, regional and international experiences have prepared Krystal for life after college.
Kyle Coffey credits the strength of the UMass Lowell faculty for preparing him with the critical-thinking skills needed to pass his board exam the first time around.
Lauren Young is a political strategist who helps Democrats get elected – including U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, who defeated Roy Moore by a razor-thin margin in an Alabama special election.
Plastics Engineering alumnus Leo Montagna Jr. '70, '76 says he wouldn't be where is is today with the University. He is a devoted UMass Lowell donor and supporter of the Plastics Engineering Department.
Alum Lisa Brothers is an engineer. She is also an outspoken advocate for UMass Lowell.
Superintendent Lisa Dana's length of service in the Danver's public school system is among the longest in the state.
Armed with skills achieved through her graduate studies in Economic and Social Development of Regions, Lydia Sisson '12 launched Mill City Grows "with the goal of empowering Lowell residents to create a safe, healthy food system through access and education."
Finance major Lynn Le had to make some major adjustments when she started her co-op job, but she says it's one of the best experiences she's ever had.
During her final semester at UMass Lowell, Maddie May Scott’s band was invited by rock royalty Melissa Etheridge to join the all-star lineup playing on Etheridge’s annual seven-night spring cruise.
Throughout his career, James Costos ’85 has espoused that ‘we all rise together.’
Electrical engineering alumnus Richard Asirifi discovered his eye for fashion at an early age. EforAll and the DifferenceMaker program helped turn his passion into a growing fashion business and brand, Lief Kultuur.
Thanks to UMass Lowell, Hillard says she's found true satisfaction and happiness in her career and in herself.
While working for 16 years in an intensive care unit, Margaret Fitzgerald decided that she could do more to prevent patients from ending up in the hospital. So she earned a master’s degree in nursing at UMass Lowell to become a nurse practitioner.
In just three years, Commonwealth Scholar and UMass Lowell alumni, Mark Lalli graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering. Because of his research opportunities at the university, he was able pursue a Ph.D.
Mark Micire’s unique work experience and education have been able to help people in their darkest hour. He designs robotics systems that help coordinate efforts at search and rescue sites.
Alumni donor Mark Saab's UMass Lowell education provided the foundation for a successful career. His gratitude to the plastics engineering program is expressed through the generous donations he's bestowed upon the University.
Maryann Ford hopes to combine her environmental toxicology research with public health concerns to design effective campaigns that will reduce health disparities in large city populations.
Mary Everett combined her interest in environmental science with a love of writing. An honors fellowship gave her the support to write a group of short stories – which won her admission to a top-ranked M.F.A. program in creative writing.
At UMass Lowell, Mary-Kate has blossomed as a scholar of history.
Matt Crowley, part of a team that led a radical turnaround in Brockton High School, is bringing his literacy campaign to the Woburn public schools.
Matthew Beyranevand produces and hosts “Math with Matthew,” a public access cable television show that combines comedy and music to help pre-teen children understand mathematics without even realizing it.
While he was accepted at several high-caliber engineering programs in the Boston area, Matt is happy that he chose UMass Lowell.
Management student Matthew Johnson entered the university in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and wanted to graduate with strong educational credentials and relevant job skills.
Matthew Olson, dean of humanities and social science at Middlesex Community College, says there is a direct connection between the doctorate he earned in Leadership in Schooling and his current job.
Careers don’t always follow a straight path. Twists and turns along the way can lead you to unexpected places. Just ask Matt MacDonald who graduated from UMass Lowell, not once, but twice.
Transferring from UMass Amherst, now an accounting major in the Manning School of Business, Belasque wants to become a certified public accountant, a profession she feels has limitless opportunities for success.
After taking a few public health classes and establishing a strong connection with faculty, Melissa King realized that helping people live healthier lives is her passion.
Just as the University experienced its own transformation, so did Michael Boyer who started as an exercise physiology major, changing to community health after taking epidemiology and community health courses.
Once Michelle Palladino started taking courses in nutrition as an undergraduate, she knew right away that she wanted a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
Through a summer internship in Holly Yanco’s lab, Mike entered the creative, team-building world of robotics that thrives here on campus.
As a technical program manager with the U.S. Navy, Mike Taskoski had his pick of MBA programs. He chose UMass Lowell based on the reputation of its online program.
First in her family to attend college, Mikhaila Schaefer likes to work hard, enjoys research and is pleased to be graduating without any debt.
Mindasari Daniar's upbringing in Indonesia inspired her to study nutrition. She now works at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is pursing her Master of Public Health degree.
While working as an environmental management engineer at Harvard University in 2005, Mohamed Omar decided to “test the waters” by enrolling in Work Environment’s environmental risk assessment certificate program.
For biology alum and former UML EMS member Monica Tawadros ’17, a two-week medical mission trip to West Africa reminded her why she always wanted to be a doctor.
After attending Dean College, Nathaniel Royer wanted a bigger school — but not too big — where he could work toward being a research scientist.
Nicholas Gates took advantage of every possible opportunity at UMass Lowell, including a semester abroad in Belfast that led to his decision to attend grad school in Denmark.
Nicole transferred from Middlesex Community College and has availed herself of opportunities for hands-on experience in her field and leadership at UMass Lowell.
As an alum and a coach, Norm Bazin makes the River Hawks proud on and off the ice.
Pascale acquired the skills to make a difference through hands-on experiences in her major and through shepherding the young campus organization SISTERS (Sisters of Integrity Striving Toward Empowerment, Respect and Success) through a growing phase.
Honors student Patrick Martin is studying political science to change drug policy.
Patrick Reimonn started as an electrical engineering major, but found that mathematics added up better for him. The Air Force offered him an ROTC scholarship, and the Campus Recreation Center offered him a job.
Peter enjoys solving complex problems in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. He’s grateful for opportunities to conduct research.
Pranav Joshi encourages incoming students to take advantage of the co-op program and the career-building seminars offered throughout the University.
A chance encounter with a professor led to an amazing research opportunity. Now Qurat Ann is researching the pros and cons of sex offender registration laws as she pursues a Ph.D.
Getting out of the classroom can be the best way to learn, according to Ray Soto, a recent graduate who saw the power of his studies during a service-learning course his senior year.
UMass Lowell gave Rich Hamel the education he needed to pursue his dream career: Storm Chaser
Rick Violette Jr. is forever grateful to the UMass Lowell faculty for incredible success in a field he is most passionate about.
Riley Wetmore balances classes and ice time as captain of the River Hawks hockey team.
Roger Cressey is a leading expert on counterterrorism and security, who has served in two White House administrations and the Departments of State and Defense, and gives expert commentary on NBC News.
The scholarships and financial aid Ruchika received from UMass Lowell helped tremendously in keeping her education affordable.
Ryan MacInnis built a strong relationship with the career and co-op center early in his academic career that quickly turned into work opportunities.
When Sadrac Noel graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, he could look back on many twists and turns in his path – and one professor who was always there for him.
Sara Khun-Leng ’99 helps immigrants and refugees, veterans and others needing assistance as director of constituent services in the district office of U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan.
UMass Lowell allowed Sarah Wroblewski to experience her dreams on the field and use the skills she learned in the classroom in front of the camera.
After a life-changing health scare, Sean Flaherty recommitted himself to academics. He graduated from the Manning School of Business with a perfect 4.0 GPA and landed his “dream job” at a water sustainability company in New York.
Sean Jordan is living his dream working for the New England Patriots as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist.
When Sebastien Poirier was a young boy, he dreamt of playing ball in the NBA. As he grew older, he realized he didn't have the skills to compete, but still loved the game enough to pursue his dream in a different way.
Shannon Smith entered school planning to be a criminal profiler. Now she teaches kindergarten in the United Arab Emirates.
Sheila Angelo’s internships for U.S. Reps. Niki Tsongas and Jim McGovern helped her win jobs doing advance event planning and media relations for Bernie Sanders and President Obama.
Steven DiNoto's career is a mix of “CSI” and “Criminal Minds” high-tech rip-offs, forensics and criminal psychology. He's held top-level posts through his career and credits his UMass Lowell education for his success.
With a dual nurse practitioner certification in adult acute care and gerontology, Gordon enrolled in UMass Lowell’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program to learn leadership skills to help her improve care, especially for older adults.
From Fox Hall to your flat screen TV! Taniya Nayak can trace her interest in interior design to her days at UMass Lowell.
Terrie Enis’ college experience is quite different from most. She was married with a two-year old daughter when she decided to go back to college full time to earn her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy.
For Thayse Mota transferring to UMass Lowell from Northern Essex Community College was a seamless process.
A graduate of the Sound Recording Technology Program, Thomas McGurk '91 owns his own studio and is a seven-time Emmy award winner.
Asked for advice to would-be art students, Noel says, “Go for it. If you love art, you must pursue it. You’ll regret it if you don’t.”
Tim DiFrancesco served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the LA Lakers, but he knew in his heart that he wanted to have an impact on more people’s lives. So he left to dedicate his career to his business, TD Athletes Edge, a fitness training facility.
Honors student Tyler Cote helped start an award-winning nonprofit, co-authored research papers and interned with a Washington think tank, all while completing two majors.
For Tyler Davis, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, the dream of being a pilot came true at UMass Lowell through Air Force ROTC Detachment 345.
After a long-shot college basketball career as a walk-on player for the River Hawks, Tyler Livingston ’17 has taken his game overseas, where he’s gained a valuable global perspective.
Studying in the Manning School of Business, Vanessa Kent has juggled a packed academic and extracurricular schedule with her commitment to the field hockey team.
Without setting foot on campus, Vania King, a Wimbledon champion, also aced her bachelor's degree in psychology at UMass Lowell.
Victoria feels UMass Lowell's rigorous course curriculum and lab projects have prepared her well for the working world.
A typical day for Vikram Singh Prasher is filled with studying, attending classes, conducting research, interviewing for jobs and working with the American Physics Society. He thrives on the jam-packed schedule, and on the relationships he’s developed at UMass Lowell.
For Saldana, who is pursuing a dual concentration in finance and management and minoring in Spanish, the experience of studying overseas has helped expand his view of global business and cultures.
Originally planning to become a doctor, when Wendy Sanchez received the Tsongas Scholarship to UMass Lowell as a high school senior, she decided to pursue nursing instead. The high achiever who turned hardship into success has no regrets.
Yahuba Garcia-Torres ’96 has been rocking the national music scene since 2006. He says UMass Lowell gave him his musical foundation.
Even though many of Zack Zuber’s family members attended UMass Lowell, he wasn’t convinced that it was the place for him – that is, until he visited the campus.